Complejo Tango

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Complejo Tango
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Complejo Tango offers an interactive Dinner Tango Show with tango lesson included.We are open 365 days a year. Our package includes: Tango Lesson (diploma included)+ Dinner (Starter + Main course + Dessert) + Unlimited Wines and beverages (during dinner)+ Tango Show. FREE transportation if you book directly with us through our web, mail or phone
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Scottsdale, Arizona1 contribution
If you want to really have a great experience during your trip to Buenos Aires, do not miss the fabulous show of Complejo Tango. I lived in Buenos Aires for 4 months and had the opportunity to go to many tango shows but Complejo Tango's show was the best, hands down. Not only is the show excellent, the food is wonderful, you get an hour of dance class where you get to learn the basic steps of tango, and the people that work there are truly amazing, beautiful people. The all-round experience is something that should not be missed. Aside from the dinner-show that runs everyday of the week, you may take group classes or individual classes with incredible instructors any day you wish. I took classes at least 4 days a week there and would have taken more if I could have. It was the best experience of my life and I will go back as soon as I get the chance.
Written July 28, 2005
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Los Angeles13 contributions
If you're interested in a Tango lesson/dinner/show package, we would highly recommend the outfit named “Complejo Tango” ([--]). For $60 US, you will be transported to and from your hotel, given a one hour tango lesson and then head upstairs for dinner (unlimited drinks) and a professional tango show. We heard others talking about their experience at another Tango package location and they said the last 1-1/2 of the program was only singing - they were bored. You can be guaranteed that this will not have to you at “Complejo Tango.”
Written June 13, 2006
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Sao Paulo, SP11 contributions
I literally spent 4 hours looking at all the reviews and costs of the different Tango Shows in Buenos Aires and I decided to go with Complejo Tango.... On their website the cost for transportation, lesson, dinner and Show was $100 USD but I found through an agent the price for $67 so I booked through them. My Girlfriend and I had so much fun. The bus was on time and we arrived perfectly for the lesson which i was not that excited about but turned out to be really funny and i would definitely include it in your night. The Dinner was really nice I had the steak and Dafne had the Fish. They kept our drinks full and the service was really efficient. Then the show started during desert and it was FABULOUS, the tango was spectacular and the singing was breathtaking.

I would highly recommend this tango show for anyone with only time to go to one show.

PS none of the dodgy tipping and exchange rate scandals i read about in the other tango show reviews....
Written September 12, 2011
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San Mateo, California, USA29 contributions
We booked a Saturday night (July 30th) VIP Dinner /Show which included RT transportation and group tango lesson. In other words we got the whole shebang! My final ratings for Complejo Tango broken down by individual component are as follows: Show / live orchestra - 5.0; RT transportation - 5.0; Group tango lesson - 3.5; Dinner / service - 2.0; Value for the money - 2.0. Overall - 3.5.

First off the RT transportation to/ from our hotel in Palermo was stellar. We were promptly picked up / dropped off in a very comfortable Citroen sedan (which you don't see much of in the U.S.) and our female driver - who was completely fluent in English! - was very friendly, outgoing and engaging. And the show itself - which featured a history of the tango - was tremendous! The "era appropriate" costuming / show - which lasted about 75 minutes - dancers /singers and live band were all top notch. Thus the entertainment receives rave reviews!

The group tango lesson was big fun and the "diploma" received upon lesson's completion was a nice memento. However, as there were more than 30 people in attendance, the room was certainly at full capacity; as it was literally all one could do to avoid bumping into other pairs who were also practicing dance steps. But our lady instructor (also fluent in English) was very good and managed to deftly overcome any space limitations with a measure of aplomb and grace.

The showroom itself exuded an air of old elegance and charm while being small enough to provide a closeup view of the stage regardless of where you sat. With the VIP package our table was stageside center, which was great! And as a couple, there were just the 2 of us at the table, whereas the non-VIP (standard) tables typically seated six (6). So they shared with other parties. The other VIP advantage, I thought, was that we were afforded the ability to take as many (flash) photos as we wanted - being stageside -
without intruding upon other guests' enjoyment of the show (had we been seated at a table of six).

But the meal itself and table service fell way short of expectation and was a big disappointment. Specifically, VIP's were able to order from a separate menu and supposedly had better food and wine (all you can drink!) options. But frankly, as I "panned" the room, I was unable to discern a notable difference in our dinner provided versus what everybody else getting, which was a bit surprising, given the significant price differential. And we had plenty of time to look around, in addition, as our VIP service was measurably slower for whatever reason. Case in point; most people were finishing up dessert already when we hadn't even gotten our main courses! So I had to flag down the waiters at least twice to inquire status on our meals. When they finally arrived, my steak was "chewy" to say the least - hardly VIP (or standard) quality for that matter! And when the show itself started, we still hadn't received dessert. I'm thoroughly convinced that they totally "forgot" in fact! So after "patiently" waiting awhile longer - quite a long interval of time elapsed actually - I finally had to flag another server (with lights turned down during the show no less!) to remind them to bring dessert. And even after all of this, they still got my order wrong to boot! But as I didn't want to cause further disruption at that point, I just let it go.

Lastly, as a tip, DO NOT ORDER tickets directly through Complejo Tango's website, as I learned the hard way. Because I discovered, after the fact, that other group websites ( being one of ample alternatives!) sell tickets to all of the BA shows - including Complejo Tango - at less expensive prices. In fact, I could've saved a bundle ($70 for 2 in fact!) on the VIP package had I shopped around first; and not chosen to book directly through their website. Oh well, live and learn! Perhaps this little tidbit of information will help other readers save money, though.
Written August 19, 2011
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New York City, NY13 contributions
It has taken us a while to come up with a nice way to describe our experience with Complejo but we are not sure we can do it so we write this review with all due respect to the other reviewers who were lucky to have a positive experience and we certainly dont want to discourage others from trying this place. Let's start with the few positives...
-The Show: it was cheesey like I am guessing most shows are for tourists but the dancers were top notch. And did different era tango dancing which was interesting to see how it has developed in argentina over the years.
-THe transport: the transfer from our hotel and back to the place was on time and very nice drivers both times.

Now the bad and the ugly:
-We arrived a few minutes early for a lesson that was supposed to start at 7pm. We were put in a room by ourselves and told to wait. After 15-20 mins wait, my husband asked them what is going on. They said they were waiting for another group and we should be starting soon. They did offer us a glass of wine to be patient. Almost an hour later arrived a group of 10 drunk australians for the class. No apology to us was given even after we complained and asked to get our money back before this group arrived. The staff did nothing to compensate us or even start our lesson early with a private instruction. They really did not care that we have waited an hour. It is unfair to make others wait no matter the group you have coming. My husband and I made a mistake to keep waiting, we should have demanded our money back after 15 minutes and left. But we wanted to give it a chance and regretted it BIG TIME!
-The lesson was ridiculous. The instructor treated us like kids and maybe that worked for the drunk aussies but def we did not appreciate the lack of seriousness in this class or fmor the instructor.
-For theh price we paid this was a total ripoff.
-The food was blah as expected.

We could not believe our hotel recommended this to us but they must have had a better experience.

Bottom line, skip the shows unless they are a real show, with no dinner, which there are great tango organizations which put on real dancing. Go to a milonga to see the real dancers take on tango, and jump in there yourself. Take lessons at a tango school.
Written June 11, 2011
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Fabianna Kafati
Tegucigalpa, Honduras7 contributions
First of all, the dinner was far better than expected, also the professional perfmance of the tango dancers, the choice of food and chef recommendations were the PERFECT. Dinner was what one would get in a fine dining restaurant.
Precision, intiming and execution of the whole event. Everyone was very personable and polite, and I was pleasantly surprised by the costumes of the artists. I was fully entertained with the show, and the performers were at such a high standard.
A perfect night out and you get more than the money you pay for in food, wine and entertainment. Very classy, I highly recommend this place. Definitely a MUST when @ Buenos Aires! If I have to rate this attraction, I would rate it as a FIVE STAR attraction, or I would give them two very enthusiastic THUMBS UP!!!:). Go GO GO ;). Reviewed by: Fabianna Kafati from Honduras.
Written November 5, 2012
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San Diego, CA89 contributions
We're glad that we went to intimate Complejo Tango rather than one of the big, glitzy dinner tango show venues in BA. The selling points for us were the free roundtrip hotel transport and the included tango lesson session prior to the dinner. It started a little later than they told us, but the instructor was fun and we had a wonderful time learning the basics of tango with the other couples there.

Although the dinner was not very good (I had steak, my wife had fish that she liked but I didn't), we were very impressed with the tango dancing, which is why we were there in the first place. We were seated directly in the front, center table. We didn't really want to sit there and initially preferred to sit up top at the balcony, but decided to stay put and were very happy that we did. The dancers at Complejo Tango were excellent and being able to see the precision of their feet and leg movements was incredible. The live music was also great and older crooner who reminded me of a Argentinian Tony Bennet was fun.

We were not expecting it, but they totally facilitate audience participation. .. =)

The only other complaints that we have are: 1) The woman who checked us in and took our payment was curt and had a bit of a snobby attitude. She also didn't seem happy when I presented her a 15% coupon I found in their ad from a tourist map; 2) The table service was inadequate, but it wasn't our waitress' fault. She was busy hustling between all of the tables, especially the big tourist group behing us. They probably need more wait staff during dinner.

Altogether, I would definitely recommend Complejo Tango to anyone looking for a fun, tango-filled evening in BA!
Written March 26, 2010
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK36 contributions
I simply cannot believe the reviews of this are so positive.

This is purely a tourist rip-off trap.

The lesson they offer is a tourist joke really. Last less than one hour and you are squeezed into a small room with, in our, case 30 other over-paying tourists.

The meal is the single most huge rip-off I have witnessed in my eight months of travelling the world. 95pesos (about US$25) for bad, cold food in small which you have to wait an hour in between courses. $25 is a hell of a lot of money in Buenos Aires. If you do want to spend $25 per head in Buenos Aires then go to La Cabrerra in Palermo or Siga La Vaca in Puerto Madero or one of the Poppy's restaurants as they are all excellent, serve amazing steak, offer great service and are comparatively much cheaper.

The meal starts badly and gets worse. No salt nor pepper on the table, a situation which doesn't change. Stale bread is served... with no butter. Butter is requested and when arrives is of the frozen solid thimble sized plastic packaged margarine variety. All dishes are served to diners in no apparent order and at completly random times. Another hours wait for main course. Main course is stone cold. And I mean completely and almost inedibly stone cold. Desert comes an hour later and is not so much a Chocolate Brownie, more a burnt piece of light brown sponge cake. Disgusting. Candles not on all tables. Drinks offered to some guests but not all. The list is endless... trust me, I could whinge for hours and hours about this place!

And then to make matters worse. When you leave you are left with a large note, saying "Thank you for coming - SERVICE IS NOT INCLUDED!"


Then, finally, to add insult to injury, when I complained to the hotel reception who had booked us on the trip they called Complejo Tango who told the hotel I was lying!!!! There had not been 30 people in the dance class and there was not a wait between meals at all apparently. It's all in my imagination. Oh yeah, and the chocolate brownie was probably awesome too yeah? So what can I do guys? Well, apart from writing on here, nothing really. Which is a real shame as I feel so cheated to have paid more money on that meal than on any other meal in Buenos Aires (this city is truly great value for mone... usually!) for with a doubt the worst meal I have had in a restaurant.... probably ever!

But the show is of a very good standard to be fair to them though and one of the dancers is one of the best Tango dancers I have seen here in BA but it's just not worth the money. If you do want to go though, then just go to the show only and skip the meal.

Try La Boca Tango for much more fun and for far cheaper (and if you're in BA during the daytime then definitely do the BA Free Tour walk too (rated number 1 attraction here) as that really is excellent)
Written August 22, 2009
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New Jersey36 contributions
This is a really fun package for couples.

The tango lesson prior to dinner is lots of fun. Food was excellent and the show was great. Price was $360AR/$120 USD

Would recommend it to all and would go again.
Written April 7, 2007
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Scott T
24 contributions
The cost on the website is $120. When we arrived the people at our table only paid $55. We brought this up and ended up getting the dinner and show for $55. Why and how the cost varies, I don't know, but be aware.

The class is a fun introduction to Tango. Lasts about an hour. Its in a group with some pairing throughout. Then the dinner and the show last.
The show is professional and enjoyable. The dancers seemed excellent (though it was our first show). There were 3 couples.
There is some audience participation, but it is minimal and harmless.
The food is fine and comparable to the cost.
The drinks are unlimited, so enjoy.

I can't compare this to the other shows in town, but I know there are multiple.
Written October 28, 2014
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